I might have to eat my words, but it will be a happy time if I do.
Chief asking courts to drop assault charges against a Korean boy after “consensual fight” between two Grade 9 students
If police officers had performed a thorough investigation of a Keswick High School fight last month, assault charges would never have been laid against a Korean student.
Because of his officers’ “hasty” actions, of which he takes full responsibility, he said, the chief has asked Crown attorney Paul Tait to “give serious consideration to dropping the charge” of assault against the Korean boy when it comes to court May 13.
While Chief La Barge lauded the two officers for doing what they deemed to be in the best interests of all involved at the time, he said he was “disappointed” they did not consult the force’s hate crimes unit when it was discovered a racial slur had been uttered during the fight.
“Despite the fact the slur did not give rise to the fight, it raised the fight to another level,” the chief said.
The breakdown in police work happened when officers “discounted the slur”.
“It needed to be investigated and I’m disappointed that it did not,” he added.
The chief admitted it was the actions of 400 angry students who protested the charges that brought the incident to his attention and which influenced his decision to perform a thorough investigation.
So, they’re still using the consensual fight language, which I don’t understand. What does one have to do to indicate a fight is non-consensual? Allow oneself to be pummeled?
And “the slur did not give rise to the fight” ?!?! What kind of mental pretzel contortions you doing, Chief? Racist bully called young man racist names. Racist bully punched young man, maybe because up to then the name calling had been “non consensual” and the young man was trying to ignore the racist bully?
But the angry students (all white, remember) made a difference.
The moral of the story here, kids, is always have your white allies at the ready. If you don’t, then sadly your racism doesn’t count and you’re SOL.
See, I’m still bitter, even when it looks like I’ll be wrong and I’m happy about being wrong, if I am.
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